Many researchers and experts around the world are in agreement that the new COVID-19 vaccine is both safe and highly effective. Still, that isn’t stopping politicians from pressuring vaccine makers and misinformation from spreading across social media and the digital realm. New data shows how the public's confidence is confidence in regard to the vaccine, and how that skepticism is diminishing within Black and Hispanic communities in the country.
According to a joint survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Undefeated, 62 percent of Black respondents said they either probably or definitely will get a COVID-19 vaccine even if it's deemed safe by scientists and provided for free. That's a marked increase from just 50 percent in September, and matches the increase in the Hispanic community going from 60 percent to 71 percent who probably or definitely will get the vaccine.
The September survey and writers with The Undefeated focus on Black American’s distrust with the current health care system, as well as with politicians in charge of informing people on vaccine plans. The survey from September goes on to show how 46 percent of Black parents say the pandemic has had a major impact on the ability to afford basic necessities, with a third of Black parents saying the pandemic has had a major negative impact on the ability to care for their children.